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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Nathan A. Baker

Nathan A. Baker
(509) 375-3997
Signature Discovery Chief Scientist

Nathan A. Baker, Ph.D. is a Laboratory Fellow in the Applied Statistics and Computational Modeling Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). His research focuses on the development of new algorithms and mathematical methods in biophysics, nanotechnology, and informatics. Current research projects include new computational methods for modeling solvation in biomolecular systems (http://www.poissonboltzmann.org/), mathematical methods for mesoscale materials modeling (http://www.pnnl.gov/computing/cm4/), and development of new methods for signature discovery (http://signatures.pnnl.gov). His research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy.

Dr. Baker is Lead for the Signature Discovery Initiative at PNNL and serves as co-PI and program manager for the DOE ASCR Collaboratory on Mathematics for Mesoscopic Modeling of Materials (CM4). He also manages the Applied Statistics and Computational Modeling Group at PNNL, which comprises approximately 50 staff with expertise in statistics, mathematics, and operations research.

Dr. Baker has served on numerous review panels for agencies including NIH and NSF and is currently a member of the NIH Macromolecular Structure and Function D study section. He is currently an Associate Editor for Biophysical Journal, serves on the editorial board for NPG Scientific Data, and has previously served as Editor-in-Chief for the Computational Science and Discovery journal and Section Editor for Annual Reports in Computational Chemistry.

Dr. Baker is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed publications. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has been awarded the Hewlett-Packard Junior Faculty Excellence Award by the American Chemical Society, the National Cancer Institute caBIG® Connecting Collaborators Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.

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